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and strategy. the war that matters is war against the imagination all other wars are subsumed in it. the ultimate famine is the starvation of the imagination. it is death to be sure, but the undead seek to inhabit someone else's world the ultimate claustrophobia is the syllogism. the ultimate claustrophobia is "it all adds up" nothing adds up and nothing stands in for anything else. the only war that matters is the war against the imagination. the only war that matters is the war against the imagination.
all other wars are subsumed in it. there is no way out of the spiritual battle there is no way you can avoid taking sides there is no way you cannot have a poetics no matter what you do: plumber, baker, teacher you do it in the consciousness of making or not making yr world you have a poetics: you step into the world like a suit of readymade clothes or you etch in light your firmament spills into the shape of your room the shape of the poem, of yr body, of yr loves a woman's life, a man's life is an allegory dig it.
there is no way out of the spiritual battle the war is the war against the imagination. you can't sign up as a conscientious objector the war of the worlds hangs here, right now, in the balance it is a war of this world, to keep it a vale of soul-making the taste in our mouths is the taste of power and it is bitter as death. bring yrself home to yrself, enter the garden the guy at the gate with the flaming sword is yrself the war is the war for the human imagination and no one can fight it but you and no one can fight it for you the imagination is not only holy, it is precise.
it is not only fierce, it is practical men die everyday for the lack of it, it is vast and elegant. intellectus means light of the mind it is not discourse, it is not even language the inner sun the polis is constellated around the sun the fire is central. thank you. [applause] thank you. >> there will be no starvation of the imagination with you at the helm. i want to take a moment to recognize our library
commissioners. rodney chin, larry chang, thank you for joining us. and laura majors is here, thank you for joining us. and janet. where is jenna? -- janet? -- janice. janice, thank you. another poet laureate. thank you. wonderful. and in closing, our appreciation. we owe you a great debt of gratitude. we look for to the inaugural event with diane diprima. thank you very much, and have a great day. the biggest issue
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we want to create suspense. i am very grateful. i am looking around the room, and there are so many of you that are here. i will spare the indignity to jose and dufty, president of the board, david chu, to sean elsberdn and some supervisor- elects, or will be here. marquez, where is he. somewhere in the back. i thank them for being here with all of you. i mam grateful you came out today. this is one of my last public swearing-in ceremonies.
i am glad you didn't all applaud. an encouraging sign. a meaningful one to me. i have said this story so many times. this is important for me, because this is where i started. in a seat like some of you when willie brown had eleanor johns or somebody call me to say he wanted to appoint me to the film commission. i was 26 and went to a lot of movies. i ran down and we were there before the city hall was ren novated.willi. brown says, to those who are
assembled, pat kelly, i am happy that she will be with the parks and recreation department. butler, she and her father --- me and her father were partners. newsom, the chair of the parking and traffic commission. without telling anybody. i had no idea. i tried to act confident. i could see eleanor saying, what was that. as only willie brown can do. we have two cameras today. one, we brought. we had one camera. channel four, before young
broadcasting. they were very formal. the reporter runs up to me. i didn't know what it meant. she said, what is your vision? i knew i was in over my head. i have tried not to repeat the mistake willie brown made. he got lucky, i hope. i figured it out and tried to impress some folks. he appointed me to the board of supervisors. i've tried to be a little more comprehensive when it comes to analyzing the pros and cons of those i'm appointing. taking less risk than brown took
with me. this is an assembly of those individuals. these are people i'm reapp ointing and appointing. all i ask is that you do the public good. you represent not only the people in the room, as important as they are because they took the time to be here, but the people were not able to make it to that meeting, or that board meeting. people that are not necessarily advocates with a particular interest,benign or as appropriate as this may be.
you have a duty to the people and the county of san francisco. and your conduct is important because if you do something wrong, it will reflect badly on every single one of us, friends and family members. you have to love and respect the city. few have to be people of integrity, people of purpose. keep an open mind. and i can say this, because you do not need to do this anymore, give the mayor head's up. you will be here longer than i will. if you have a strong opinion that is different from the regular -- the status opinion, or the opinion of the mayor. there was a department leader that was removed at 1:00 in the morning by the commission that
had their own opinions. i changed my mind, willie brown said, "i told you so." it took a few years. i get it. just give the mayor head's up. that is all they deserve. at least for the next 30 days, consider me. thank you for being here. we have the airport commission, the asian art museum commission, this is wonderful. i know that we have some challenges. city hall and preservation advisory committee and, the southeast community facilities commission. we have to get to that next level. the room on treasure island and the war memorial board.
this is a comprehensive swearing in. i will begin and we will get right to the swearing in, acknowledging charlotte schultz. thank you for letting us out. those are her stairs. she read about that congestion pricing idea and got crazy ideas about charging people. it costs less to go down than to go up. matthew, since you interfaced with everybody. and our secretary-liasson. he can keep his independence in the mayor's office. tom, thank you for serving on
the commission on aging. we have one of the premier service departments. i meant that. the work they've done has been recognized across the state and the award. peter stern, a young guy working for a local company here. somebody new to political life. i am grateful he will be on the airport commission. doris ward, no need to say more. she will be reappointed. a legend in our city, serving for decades. thank you for serving on the asian art museum. to kevin clinch and frank lee.
i am very proud. the department of building inspection was not what i thought that this could be when i was here. we had to mix things up. frank and evin were helping to get this back on track. to pat kelly, the first woman stock broker. broke that barrier decades ago. this is one of the most connected human beings in the city. i am very proud. why not put her on a commission. she will preserve city hall. a great friend of everyone. i get choked up talking about
pat. michaeah allen. his family is here. i will make him look good. a public applicant at the housing authority. i am very excited. he is going to serve. hi said to marion, she runs treasure island. she had great connections in washington d.c. as the housing director. she is very kind to serve again on the housing authority. henry, look out. that is the director. to mark keller, mark is here.
where is he? there you are. a great guy. does so much good work and a great friend of all of ours. wel-known. i don't know what we were thinking. jose had a conflict. if you want to know what's going on, lean over, ask a friend. [laughter] >> juvenile policy commission. suzie has her work cut out ofor her but is -- for her but is outstanding. you will take this task. to paige oeratta, formerly page
barry. nobody is more committed to the city. ginsberg would say that this would bring a breath of fresh air. this commission is getting into the next level. i am very happy that she was wanting to do this. the people in this city are going to be well served by this appointment. [applause] steven lee and nattie ramirez, thank you for being reappointed to the relocation appeals court. there are a lot of relocations and appeals. some projects -- this commission will matter. this is about to get very busy.
thank you for staying around with the real work in front of you in the next few years. nattie, we know you. when can we get her on a commission? nattie is known to many p offeopl-- people. to armenia brown. to her willingness to serve on this commission. i know you like this. she is my cheerleading section. we want to do something for her. she is there in my ofice. fice. stand up, soon to be co mmissioner. i can't just say good morning.
she will say to call her by her appropriate name. to brown and willy kennedy. thank you for your good work. for everything you've done for the city in the southweeast sector. thank you for being willing to serve. be audacious. moses is wanting to change things up. prada. vry proud of -- very proud of becca. we had to coerce her to do this, illegally. and she was kind of letting us.
and now she loves this. and now she is going to get a full term. all that i ask is, did not forget who i am. thank you for being willing to be reappointed. larry del carlo. this is a legend down in the mission. he does a lot of great things and i won't even start. and her coffee is getting cold. larry is great and he will be a great contributor to the work on treasure island. this is a major deal. we are 99% finished with this. this will be revitalized with a hole in the community. i could not be more proud. the next mayor is going to take
all the credit. i said, did not forget willie brown and everything he has done for treasure island. to larry mazolla jr. this is an advocate for the working families. his father and grandfather were legendary in this town. this is critical to the reconstruction of this island. thank you for your willingness to serve. we are almost finished. i love this guy. i didn't know him well before i became mayor. he is ready to move on and get new people in commissions. it was just fortuitous that he
was a resident on treasure island and would like to be the resident applicant. thank you for your service. i am grateful. belva davis. tom horn. claud jarmen. neil stafford. i don't know if anybody's heard of belva davis. i don't know who's idea was there to appoint her to the war memorial board. my idea is fabulous, steve. i am glad he came up with the idea. thank you for your service ans
being reappointed. tom horn, an amazing guy. tom, thank you for your service and now you carry your baton. claud jarmin, the only academy award-winner. thank you for your service. an outstanding job. thank you for continuing to serve. stafford had a short appointment. he said, he'd take it and se how it goes. it is a big deal to have his enthusiasm.
war memorial is being remodeled. a lot of work going on over there. they will matter, grateleatly. now it is time to mention the last person swarn in. faye lee. it went on my list. thank you. faye is a good friend of all of ours. thank you for your continuing contributions to the city. that's it. did i forget anyboyd? anybody else want to get sworn in. if you need me, i am around. we had a great recommendation. tom shay might have called, or
p.j. on challen 26. they said to charlotte, we are sick of that mayor guy. we always see him but not the people being sworn in. i will ask you to stand back here. i will stand here so everybody can see you get sworn in. come on up here. you have to be in two rows. >> thank you, mayor. >> thank you, darling. a little more attention.
constitution of the united states and the state of california. my true faith and allegiance to theis and i take this obligation freely with no mental reservation or purpose. that are we -- that i will faithfully discharge the duties that i am about to enter. during such a time as i hold this, s a member of the -- [reading commissions]